A new trampoline uses bungee cords for a perfect bounce.
Springs? Springs?!? We don’t need no stinkin’ springs! The Bellicon trampoline cans the classic coils in favor of elastic bungee bands that offer a gentler recoil. The result is a softer, more pillowy bounce that coddles your joints as you hop through long workouts and short show-off sessions. Bouncing on metal springs can sound like a rowdy time at a cheap motel, but his tramp’s mouse-quiet bungees won’t give neighbors the wrong idea—or out-decibel your TV.
As our testers put it: “Whee-e-e-e-e!” from $630, bellicon-usa.com
MAN SKILLS: JUMP REALLY, REALLY HIGH
Our Expert: George Hery, former World Professional Trampoline Champion.
On the way up, circle your arms up and slightly outward to maintain balance. Simultaneously straighten your legs, pushing your toes down into a point.
As you descend, flatten your feet and spread your legs about six inches apart while circling your arms further outward and back down.
The instant you hit the mat, shoot your arms up like you’re at a stadium doing the wave. When you reach the bottom of the tramp, freeze your arms straight up (this will transfer their upward momentum to your body). Repeat until you hit the ceiling or a bird.